Record Turnout at Kennett Run; Phillipes Dominates PoweRun with 10thVictory

BY DICK FITCH

KENNETT SQUARE, PA--The 19th annual Kennett Square Run was held on May 15, 2008 and drew a record 1700 participants. Starting in the center of Kennett Square, the events consisting of 10K and 5K Runs, a 5K Race Walk, and a One Mile Fun Walk followed their respective courses to nearby Anson B. Nixon Park for a scenic ending along a half-mile of freshly groomed trails, finishing beside two scenic lakes and a spacious picnic area.

The first 10K runner to reach the finish line was Darryl Brown in a time of 32:45 followed by Pat Hayburn and Scott Purcell. Winner for the ladies was Nadine Marks in 45:16 with Tara Hardy and Linda Odle taking 2nd and 3rd honors. Frank Perna captured the Masters winner spot and Beth Howlett won the Masters Female category.

Winner of the 5K Run was Paul Springer in 15:34 while Brad Dodson and Mike Ward rounded out the top three places. Ladies winner was Kate Taylor in 17:34 with Lorraine Jasper and Mary Forry taking 2nd and 3rd. Masters winners were William Pine and three-time winner Hannah Christopher!!

In the 5K Race Walk Brad Lane took first place overall in 28:45 with Steve Wilkinson and David Weightman gaining 2nd and 3rd men’s positions. Sue Simmons collected first honor for the ladies in 36:45 with Jill Herriott and Linda Young just seconds back for 2nd and 3rd. N. Clair Clawser and Judith Del Tosto earned the Masters awards.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three overall men and women in the 10K and 5K races and running jackets to the winning Masters. Custom glass mugs were presented to the top three men and women in each age group in the 10K and 5K Runs and top finishers in the 5K RaceWalk. Participants and spectators also enjoyed an expansive and enjoyable feast of postrace picnic foods and beverages compliments of the race committee and several very helpful sponsors. .

The speedy team from Exelon topped the Corporate Team category and the Cracked Skull Racers took Open category Team honors. Congratulations to all team members.

Also featured in the day’s activities was the unique Kennett Run PoweRun competition. Under the leadership of the Kennett YMCA, runners in either the 10K or 5K can also enter this biathlon event. Participants first bench-press their body weight (60% for women) before the running events start. Their individual run times are then reduced for each bench press repetition they achieve, providing an adjusted PoweRun score.

Frank Perna moved up to the victor’s position in the10K PoweRun, bench-pressing his body weight 29 times while Tony Laino and Jesus Juarez earned 2nd and 3rd honors in this speed and strength competition. For the women, Roya McCloskey gained 1st position bench-pressing 60% of her body weight 30 times with Rita Hall and Nadine Marks gaining 2nd and 3rd honors.

In the 5K PoweRun, David Phillipes continued his total dominance of this event over the years, adding a 10th consecutive award to his string of victories since 1999, bench pressing his body weight 39 times and achieving the fastest adjusted run-time for the guys. Randy Griffith and Oscar Galvan took 2nd and 3rd awards. Lorraine Jasper earned the top ladies position bench pressing 60% of her body weight an amazing 42 times to earn her the fastest overall time. Cathy McDowell and Ashley Wells earned 2nd and 3rd place honors.

The PoweRun is a great event for the well-rounded athlete who runs and also works at overall physical fitness. The Kennett PoweRun is the area pacesetter for this type event and draws a wide cross-section of participants.

A One Mile Fun Run for Kids 12 & Under was also a part of the day’s action and focused attention on up-and-coming young runners. Congratulations to all participants in this growing feature of the day’s events.

The Kennett Square Run has achieved premiere ranking among Kennett Square events. Proceeds from the Run benefit individuals with special needs from the greater Kennett Square area. The funds are distributed through the Kennett Run Charities, which consists of members from the Exchange Club of Southern Chester County, the Kennett Lions Club, Kennett Rotary, and Kennett-at-Longwood Rotary, as well as other interested individuals from the area’s business community.

Our most hearty thanks are extended to the thoughtful sponsors, volunteers, and participants for helping make this such a successful event.